Want an easy button? Sweetwater's online music bundle includes most of the well tested accessories that we recommend. Just add a USB-C power supply & the Virtual Studio device itself.
Virtual Studio devices ($150) require the following additional accessories (not included):
1. Power Supply
A USB-C power supply appropriate for your region, which provides 3 amps of current.
- Raspberry Pi's official 4B power supply works great ($8 - PiShop)
- CanaKit's power supply is another good option ($9.99 - Amazon)
- For an extra $1, you can buy CanaKit's power supply with switch ($10.99 - Amazon)
2. Microphone & cable
Most dynamic microphones should work well. You need to use an analog microphone or cable with a 3.5mm unbalanced stereo male TRS jack. Microphones that need phantom power (48V) can be used if you have an additional power injector, such as this one. USB microphones are not supported.
Please note: it's extremely important that you use an unbalanced audio cable; otherwise, you will likely suffer from this common problem.
The following microphone and cable from Sweetwater are known to work great together:
If you are looking for a higher end professional microphone, the Shure SM57 ($99) provides exceptional sound quality. Note that both microphones are also readily available on Amazon, and both are also known to work great using this cable from Cable Matters ($9.99).
You can also connect multiple instruments and/or microphones to the devices by using a mixer. For example, this device also supports USB input, so you could hook your computer in as well to feed a click or song track. You can connect the main out from the mixer to the 3.5mm jack on the Virtual Studio device using a cable such as this one. There are lots of great mixers out there, and any should work fine. Here's an alternative without USB (you could still hook a computer up to it using analog output, if you wanted to).
We recommend contacting Sweetwater directly for advice on how best to meet your needs. They provide excellent service and are sometimes able to offer quantity discounts.
3. Headphones & adapter
Wireless headphones of any kind are not supported.
You will need a pair of wired headphones that are able to connect to the device's audio output via unbalanced male RCA jacks. Most wired headphones use a 3.5mm unbalanced male TRS jack, so you will likely need an adapter. The following are known to work well:
- Hosa YMR-197 RCA Adapter ($4.95 - Sweetwater)
- UGreen Adapter ($9.99 - Amazon)
- CMPL 5-pack adapters ($11.99 - Amazon)
While most wired headphones should work fine, several people have reported problems using Apple EarPods and other headphones that include microphones because they use non-standard connectors.
For singers in particular, you are likely to have the best experience using open back headphones. Two options that are known to work very well are:
4. Ethernet cable
You'll need a cat5 or better Ethernet cable. Best deals are often available when purchased in quantity. Here are a few options known to work well on Amazon: